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ERIC Number: EJ782456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Students' Motivation for Standardized Math Exams
Ryan, Katherine E.; Ryan, Allison M.; Arbuthnot, Keena; Samuels, Maurice
Educational Researcher, v36 n1 p5-13 2007
The recent No Child Left Behind legislation has defined a vital role for large-scale assessment in determining whether students are learning. Given this increased role of standardized testing as a means of accountability, the purpose of this article is to consider how individual differences in motivational and psychological processes may contribute to performance on high-stakes math assessments. The authors consider individual differences in processes that prior research has found to be important to achievement: achievement goals, value, self-concept, self-efficacy, test anxiety, and cognitive processes. The authors present excerpts from interviews with eighth-grade test takers to illustrate these different achievement-related motivational beliefs, affect, and cognitive processing. Implications for future research studying the situational pressures involved in high-stakes assessments are discussed. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001